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The Secret to Emerging-Economy Immunity

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
17. September 2018

Just as a virus can afflict the healthiest of people, a crisis can sweep up even a well-prepared economy. That is why countries must look beyond preventive measures and strengthen their ability to support a speedy recovery. Project Syndicate | The Secret to Emerging-Economy Immunity

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Fintech, Inclusive Growth and Cyber Risks: Focus on the MENAP and CCA Regions

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
17. September 2018

Financial technology (fintech) is emerging as an innovative way to achieve financial inclusion and the broader objective of inclusive growth. Thus far, fintech in the MENAP and CCA remains below potential with limited impact on financial inclusion. This paper reviews the fintech landscape in the MENAP and CCA regions, identifies the constraints to the growth of fintech and its contribution to inclusive growth and considers policy options to unlock the potential. IMF | Fintech, Inclusive Growth and Cyber Risks: Focus…

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Tackling the Governance of Economic Transformation

African Development Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
17. September 2018

Policies to move African economies from growth to transformation are urgently needed, but are they feasible, given typical political-economic constraints? Drawing on a multidisciplinary literature, this paper warns against the twin errors of ignoring such constraints and treating them as insuperable. AFDB | Tackling the Governance of Economic Transformation

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Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) 2018: Executive Overview

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
17. September 2018

The summary of the Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) presents the main takeaways of the DEO, which is the Inter-American Development Bank's annual report about the results and impact of its work in Latin America and the Caribbean. The DEO reports on the IDB's contributions towards the development of its 26 borrowing member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, holding the IDB accountable to its shareholders, partners and beneficiaries. IDB | Development Effectiveness Overview (DEO) 2018: Executive Summary

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Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
10. September 2018

There is broad agreement that climate change represents a threat to sustainable development; consequently, development efforts must be resilient to the impacts of climate change and related disaster risks in order to be sustainable. This is the first in a series of briefs focusing on alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This brief provides an introduction to the concept of alignment as it relates to these…

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Reaping the Full Benefits of Large Infrastructure Projects

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
10. September 2018

In the OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2018, the third chapter focuses on ways to help economies linked to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to maximise the longer-term benefits of infrastructure projects as recipient countries and to ensure an open and transparent environment for international investment. This means ensuring a level playing field for investors from both emerging and advanced economies. Asia’s longer-term infrastructure needs will require much more investment than any one country can ultimately provide (USD 26…

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Private infrastructure finance in developing countries: five challenges, five solutions

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
10. September 2018

Infrastructure is a crucial driver of economic growth. In developing countries, however, there are significant infrastructure deficits. The G20 estimates that $1.5 trillion will be required annually to plug these deficits and that the money will largely need to come from private sources. While private investment in infrastructure in developing countries has grown significantly over the past 10 years, major challenges remain. These papers explore five challenges that have prevented a greater level of private investment in infrastructure to date,…

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Digital Jobs for Youth : Young Women in the Digital Economy

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
10. September 2018

The Digital Jobs for Youth: Focus on Young Women in the Digital Economy flagship report is primarily intended to provide operational recommendations for the design and implementation of gender-inclusive digital jobs interventions for youth. Using a newly developed digital jobs typology, the report will identify drivers of demand across various categories of digital work. The report will then extract lessons learned in overcoming supply and demand‐side barriers to youth digital employment, based on past and ongoing programs implemented by Solutions…

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